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Welcome to the Mountain State: West Virginia State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 18, 2014 in Research

The western counties of Virginia separated from that state when it seceded in 1861. Those counties combined as West Virginia and became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. Here are 5 things you might not know about West Virginia: In 1756, the first public spa opened in Berkeley Springs. Almost 3/4 of the state… Read more

5 Things About the Port of Boston

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 17, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

Boston’s history as a port is long. Here are 5 things you might not know about the port of Boston. 1. Not that Popular Early On Despite deep colonial roots, for most years Boston was not the port of choice for immigrants. Even the more distant port of New Orleans drew more immigration from Europe… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: The Moon Landing

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 17, 2014 in In The Community

This Sunday, July 20, marks the 45th anniversary of the moon landing. What once was unimaginable was suddenly happening and we could watch it from the comfort of our living rooms. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, several of us got together and shared our memories of that historic event. Juliana Szucs Smith: Last week I… Read more

And The Winner of the June Branch Out Contest is…

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you entered the June round of our Branch Out contest, we’d like to thank you for participating! We received thousands of responses that included some incredibly inspiring stories from our community! We have compiled all of the entries and randomly selected our next winner. That lucky person is… Robin Martin from Montana!! Robin is… Read more

Reunions: Don’t Forget Your Camera — and a DNA Kit

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 15, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Summer is the time for reunions. School reunions, get-togethers with old friends, work parties with co-workers’ families we don’t often see, and, of course, family reunions. All of these bring people together to reminisce about the old days, reestablish relationships, and laugh about the embarrassing things that we did (or maybe didn’t do). Reunion season… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: July 13th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com “New State Research Guide: New Hampshire” by Juliana Smith “What We Are Reading: July 11 Edition” by Amy Johnson Crow “New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 2: California Prison Records” by Amy Johnson Crow “New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 1: New York Prison Records” by Amy Johnson Crow “Today is World… Read more

Long Lost Family continues to change lives and move us to tears

  Last Monday saw the return of the BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family. Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell reunited families who had been separated for most of their lives, in what was a very emotional first episode of the new season.     Episode two features more emotional stories of heartbreak, separation and… Read more

New State Research Guide: New Hampshire

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 11, 2014 in Research

This week we pay tribute to the great state of New Hampshire. Here are five things you might not  know about New Hampshire: 1. New Hampshire was the first of the colonies to declare its independence from England. In January 1776, it established an independent government and constitution. 2. The first potatoes planted in the… Read more

What We Are Reading: July 11 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 11, 2014 in In The Community

The Internet is bursting at the seams (virtually) with genealogy and history. (I suspect that Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web for the sole purpose of researching his family tree.) With so much being published every day, it’s easy to miss out on some wonderful articles. That’s why we’re starting a new weekly column… Read more

New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 2: California Prison Records

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 11, 2014 in Collections

Richard Perkins was born in Kentucky around 1845. As a young man, he answered the call of the West and headed to California to seek his fortune. Things didn’t go as he had planned, so he decided to take the alias of “Dick Fellows” and supplement his income by robbing stagecoaches. In 1870, he was… Read more

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